All great recommendations! One I haven't seen mentioned yet and it may be my favorite for printing.. "The Elements of Black and White Printing" by Carson Graves. Excellent book on printing! My other highly recommended books would be "Way Beyond Monochrome Ed 2" of course, Les McLean's "Creative Black and White Photography," Barry Thorton's "Edge of Darkness," and George Todd's "Elements of Black and White Photography." I have a huge library and reference it quite frequently. I have all the books mentioned so far in this thread and it's great to have them for reference. Have fun starting your library!